ON THE BANK OF THE MANAS RIVER

Dr Anil Kumar Boro




After dark slumber
I woke up at the cold touch of the
Manas river
The dazzling brightness of
The moon couldn’t pass through 
The dark crescent

I slept on the bank of the Manas river
And took rest for a while
In a moon lit night
Knowing fully well that
I will not wakeup soon

To night’s moon is not
Bright like the day light
Nor warm like the sun’s face
Just a blue moon wearing
The face of the dazzling softness

You might not know
I set foot on this place
After many years
An ordinary man
Who has his emotions
Fear and sorrow
Hatred and anger
And the strength like
The rising sun in the red sky
Now devoured by the wild lust of man

I want to go to sleep once more
In the dark crevices and
Want to hide my face
Once more
A man I was never before
Nor do I want to be
In a world unfamiliar to me

Don’t wake me up
O time, bridled time
Oh cuckoo, oh gentle breeze
Don’t wake me up
I don’t want to get up
 From this dark slumber

The soft touch of
The cold ancient river
The moon wearing the blue face
Can’t wake me up

I want to go to sleep
Once more
And rest in a fullmoon night
Of falgun

On the bank of Manas river


About the author: Conferred with ‘Sahitya Akademi Award 2013', writer, poet, researcher, and academician, Dr. Anil Kumar Boro writes in English, Bodo and Assamese language. He is also recipient of ‘Rangsar Literary Award’. Born on 9th December, 1961 at Kahitama North of Barpeta Road, Baksa district of Assam, he started working as Lecturer in English in Dimoria College in 1988 and afterward joined in the Department of Folklore Research in Gauhati University in 2000.

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